KINGSTON, Jamaica - A Jamaican disciplinary panelgave sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown a public warning Wednesday and cleared her to return to competition some five months after she returned a positive doping test on the Caribbean island.
Campbell-Brown, a former Arkansas Razorback, is a three-time Olympic gold medalistand one of the cornerstones of Jamaica’s wide-ranging sprinting success. She returned a positive test for a banned diuretic at the Jamaica International Invitational meet in May and was suspended from competition while the disciplinary committee reviewed the case. Campbell, 31, missed the island’s national championships to try and qualify for this summer’s worlds in Moscow.
The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association said its disciplinary committee “recommended that a reprimand without any period of ineligibility would be appropriate.” It ruled that Campbell-Brown “committed an anti-doping violation” but did not use the banned substance for performance enhancement.
The full text of the ruling by a former judge, an attorney and the head of the island’s medical association was not publicly released.
In June, a spokesman for the International Association of Athletics Federations, the sport’s world governing body, said the case involving Campbell-Brown appeared to involve a “lesser” offense of unintentional use of a banned substance.
Campbell-Brown could not immediately be reached for comment. Phone calls and an email to Campbell-Brown’s manager, Claude Bryan, went unanswered.
Campbell-Brown has won seven Olympic medals in all, including the 2004 and 2008 Olympic gold medals in the 200 meters. In addition to her individual Olympic titles, she also won gold in the 400 relay at the 2004 Athens Games. In London, she won bronze in the 100 and silver as part of the 400-relay team.
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